David and Goliath part 2

Hello again my friends!  I pray today finds you blessed and well.  This may not be a new saying to you, but I have just recently heard it…

“Today is a good day for a good day!!!”

This is my motto for now.  How about for you?  Is today going to be a good day?  Let’s determine now before the day even gets underway!  I will find joy in the things today brings.  Even in the routine things that we can do mindlessly.  Let’s determine to give today to God.  After all “Today is the day the Lord has made”.

I want to pick back up where I left off 2 weeks ago.  1 Samuel 17

If you haven’t read it, I encourage you, if you have your bible handy, to do it now.  Pray that God will light up any bits that you need to hear and know.

Remember I talked about David and Goliath and all the things that took place before David even went face to face with the giant…

*The enemy stood taunting Gods people.

*David brings some faith to the battle ground in his “who does this guy think he is” attitude.

*David’s brothers are doubtful and try to discourage him from getting involved.

Now I’ll pick back up in verse 32-37.  David steps up to the challenge without reasoning or over thinking it.  God has been preparing him for this battle through the small trials he’s already faced.  He protected his sheep from huge animals, like lions and bears.  He killed them with his bare hands!  His faith was strong!

The small victories in our lives are to be celebrated not just shoved in the corner of our heart.  These build confidence in our faith. Starting with faith of a mustard seed, it will eventually turn into a full fledge mustard fight!  I can just picture it… yellow everywhere… all over me, my family, my job… EVERYWHERE!  Think about mustard for a second.  What does it look like?  What does it smell like?  What does it taste like?  Its very bright!  It’s strong and it’s very potent!  This is what my faith looks like?…

Verse 38-39.  Saul gives David his armor but it doesn’t fit him and he takes it off.

What God uses to fight one persons battle will probably not  be what he uses for mine! We can not try to imitate successful victories in our friends past or even our own.  We all know by now, that is not how God works.  He loves to amaze us.  Stay strong and be of good courage!  Your victory is around the corner!

Verse 41-44.  Goliath  teases David, reminding him who he is in himself.  He also reminds him of his age.

People may distract you from what you’re believing for and they may not even know they are doing it.  It doesn’t matter if your young or old, new to the faith or grew up in church, stay the course.             Hebrews 12:1-2.

Verse 45-47.  David speaks out loud in faith

This is for the good of himself and the Israelites.  He uses God’s name, His powerful name.

We believe what we hear.  When we say it out of  our own mouth it’s closer to our own ears, so it makes it to our hearts faster… Try it!  Say it out loud.  You may feel silly the first few times, but once you feel the peace and your faith growing, it’ll not only become a habit but a life line.  I know I’m going to do it more often!!!

Verse 48.  “As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.”

“Quickly” act.  No reasoning. In my notebook I also wrote, No crying.  That seems harsh but sometimes the initial pity party that takes place lasts way too long!  Take a breath, pick up your feet and start running.  (I totally need to hear that this morning)  Get done what needs to be done.

Verse 50-51.  “David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.”

Triumph=victory.  Praise the Lord!  Victory will come!!!

Verse 51.  The enemy runs in fear!!!

Yes they do!  With the Holy Spirit on our side we are a force to be reckoned with.  I said it last time and I’ll say it again…  We have the same power in us that raised Jesus from the dead!!!  Now that’s a confidence builder!

Verse 52. Israel rejoiced and rushed after the Philistines.

Our victories although different from person to person help to encourage each other. So share your testimonies!!!  Give God glory by celebrating with our friends!

Are you on one side the valley, looking face to face with your enemy? Does it seem like your fighting the same battles over and over and over?  Only to climb up the same mountain once again or do you feel like your stuck in the valley?

Be inspired by David to have faith without reasoning.  Act quickly.  Don’t let the voice of doubt in.  Do what needs to be done no matter how hard it seems like it will be.

Victory is on the other side of the valley.  My victory isn’t going to look like yours or anyone elses.  It will probably be in an unexpected way and or form.

Don’t wear the “wrong armor”.  The way we fight has to be the way God leads us to fight.

This concludes my first study of an old testament battle.  I hope you got as much out of it as I did.  Please share in the comments any nuggets of wisdom you found.  Encourage us with your testimony as well.  Can’t wait to read them!!!

I pray you will face you battles head on, growing in your faith and confidence. Victory is yours in the name of the Lord!!!

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BE BLESSED!

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David and Goliath

Wow! I know it’s been a long.  It sure feels like it too.  My first excuse was going to be that I was busy getting ready for school to let out for the summer… but that has come and gone.  Then it was going to be that we were planning to go on vacation… but that has come and gone as well…  3 weeks ago actually.  Sadly and embarrassingly I must admit I just got our bags unpacked and put away.

At least I made it back and boy do I have so much to share.  So much in fact, I am going to take a couple of weeks with it!

Even though I have been busy doing family stuff, I have NOT  been too busy to take time to spend in the Word.  I feel like God lead me to 1 Samuel 17.  I never thought that a Sunday School story could come to life like it did.  I hoped it would, but this blew my expectation away.  I hope it does for you too!!!  So let’s dive right in.

I felt like I wanted to look at some of the battles of the Old Testament for some guidance for my own battles I face on a daily basis.  I was lead to read about David and Goliath first (which is the only one I have gotten through at this point).

Each verse spoke so much to me but I will try to highlight the ones I think most WOWified me.

Take a moment to read 1 Samuel 17 then come back… that way your memory will be refreshed…

Okay.  Ready?

Vs 3-11 {The enemies stood face to face. On opposite sides of the valley.  Goliath comes out all huge and strong, taunting them.  Reminding them of their weaknesses.} I feel like I can relate!  My enemy stares me in the face, mocking me, trying to remind me what a failure I am day in and day out.  They seem so big and scary and at that moment very accurate in its description of me.  But I know it’s not!!! (WE have to same power in us that raised Jesus from the dead!)

Vs 26 (one of my favorite nuggets of gold I found in this chapter) {David is not put off by this big galoot}.  I love what he says; “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”  (italics added)  Duh!!!  He gets it.  His faith has been built up from seeing what God can do first hand.  Trusting God in the little things that come our way help to build our faith.

Vs 28-31 {David’s brother tries to shoo him away} Isn’t it just like the enemy to put negative doubt in our hearts.  Words of failure and defeat and lies.  But David came back and challenged the attack.  He did not accept it.  He went to another source and found the answers he needed.  (this is also one of my favorite nuggets).  Where is our truths coming from?  We go to the Word of God to find out who we are and learn our worth.  We were bought with a price, that’s how valuable we are!

This is where I am going to stop for tonight, but one final thought; even though we will talk more on David’s victory next time (for most of us we knew the ending anyway and for those of you that I just spoiled the ending for…  you were supposed to read the chapter first… if you didn’t I encourage you to do that before next Monday night)    Straight from my journal… *Who’s getting killed in my battles?  Who’s surrendering?  The killer wins!  The loser is a slave to the winner.  Sometimes I feel like a slave to my enemy/my flesh…  *Do battle in the valley, but don’t get stuck down there.  Climb to the side of victory, and do not climb back up to where you came from…  *Stand firm, face to face with my enemies.  Because who is this pagan Philistine anyway that he is allowed to defy this daughter of the most high, living God???  (ok I just added that last one because I was getting riled up)  I needed to revisit these notes I guess.

Oh Lord, Most High, Living God, Father!  Thank you for saving me!  Every day I struggle with things, be it making time with you, or finding the time to serve my family gracefully or staying away from that chocolate cake.  Father you know the negative feelings of insufficiency and thoughts of doubt and failure.  Also the exhausting, ever pressing insecurity because of all these things that I battle with on a daily basis.  Lord help me be strong and do battle face to face with them!!  The battle is yours.  Help me to find my worth in you and know that I am worthy of victory through your precious son, Jesus Christ.  I also pray for my friends here because I know that I am not the only one who suffers the same struggles and battles.  (I hope I’m not alone).  To some, these may seem silly because they are struggling with much bigger battles, such as sickness, failed marriages and wondering and lost loved ones.  I lift my voice with theirs in joint prayers. In your Powerful name we pray.  Amen

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Please comment below with any golden nuggets you have gleaned from this story.  I am excited to learn them.  Also if you have any prayer requests, please feel free to leave them in the comments as well.  Even if you prefer to keep them unspoken.  I will lift them up in prayer time!!!

The Seeds That Fall On Good Soil

Hello again!!!  I hope you are reading this today feeling blessed and refreshed!

Last time I talked about bringing up fragrant, beautiful lilies in a world full of choking weeds.  (Raising a family in this world full of distracting and deceitful things)

This is how I plan to nurture and prune my little lilies…

Proverbs 22:6  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  NKJV  This is the version that most of us have heard and know the best.  But listen to my favorite version…

NLT  “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it”

My God given duty (Prov 31:27) is to make sure that I am guiding this family that I was entrusted with, along the path we call life.  At their early ages that means directing them.  Teaching them how to follow God.  GETTING THE WORD INTO THEIR HEARTS.  Before any of the junk can choke it out!

Matthew 13:23  “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest”

Kids are so impressionable.  They absorb everything wether we want them to or not.  Please make sure that what you are planting in their hearts and minds are things that will havest peace and joy for your home and in their future.

So how do I direct my family in the direction they should go?

Deuteronomy 6:7  “Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

The older my kids get, especially Maddy who is 9, I can find teachable moments every day.  We talk about lying, respect, gossiping, loneliness and love and so much more.  We are able to talk about what the bible says about these things.  All these moments impart God’s word deep into their heart as well as my own.  This is planting seeds in furtile soil.  With pruning and weeding it will grow into a lush beautiful garden with strong roots.

With strong roots grounded in the word of God… “When they are older the will not depart from it”

But I must admit… In the hustle and bustle of school and homework, sports and night time showers it’s hard to set aside a time for family devotions on a consistant basis.  In the comments below please tell how you make time for any kind of devotion.  Share with other readers and myself what books you and your family enjoy.

Father, I come before you now to thank you for the special family you have trusted me with.  Each one different in their interests and needs.  Please give me the wisdom to know how to help train and direct their individual paths.  Open my ears and eyes and my heart to know those teachable moments when they hit so I can guide them to you. In your name, Amen

Welcome! It’s going to be fun getting to know one another

Welcome to my blog! My name is Ronda Morrison and I am a first time blogger so please be patient with me as I learn how and while I get the site set up.

Some things you can expect in my vision of this blog are…                                 *     The honest word of God, touching on things I am learning in my time with Jesus                                                                                                                           *   Crafts for the home and for the kids                                                                          *    Recipes we’ve tried and liked                                                                              *  and much more

My two children (as my grandma calls them because goats have kids. – She’s so cute) Maddy and Ethan are so excited because I told them I wanted them to be active in the posts as well. Sharing with you what God is doing in their lives.  I’m hoping that as my skills improve I will be able to add some videos of us doing various things.

I don’t want to leave without opening my bible. So here’s the verse I want to share.

Song of Songs 2:2 ” Like a lily among thistles is my darling among young women.” NLT

In a world where doom and despair, violence and self fulfillment is all around us, it’s hard to stay poise, meek and as graceful as the lilies.  Not only do I want to strive to make this part of my personality I am trying to encourage my family to do the same. Teaching them how to be in this world but not of this world (John 15:19). Thank you Pastor

How am I doing this?… and I use the action word “doing” because it’s an, on purpose, intentional, every day action.

Romans 12:2  “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” NLT

It’s about being an example for them.  Showing them how to make time to get into Gods word and letting His light shine on them and every one we come in contact with. Being poise, meek and graceful.  And yes I am still working oh-so hard at this

My family are the ones that know me best.  They know when I mess up and when I’m getting it right.  A good question to ask yourself is…

Is my behavior and daily customs reflecting the worlds behavior or Jesus’?

Dear Father, Please show me what lilies look like. Thank you for you grace as I learn how to extend grace to those around me.  Help me to be a light in this dark world and stay true to you.  Please give me wisdom to teach my family how to root themselves in your love and truths as I root myself in your love and truth.  In Jesus name, Amen.